Auslan for Families

Auslan for Families

It is Vicdeaf’s aim to create a program of Auslan tuition tailored to the family environment, which is purchasable as part of an NDIS package, through Better Start funding, and on a fee-for-service basis.

Vicdeaf’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan focuses our service provision on the areas of communication and access, and participation and inclusion.  Through this project we aim to provide outcomes in all of these areas, working to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing people can communicate in their daily lives wherever they are, and that support to families is increased across Victoria.

Vicdeaf provides family centred Sign Language (Auslan) training around Melbourne and regional Victoria. In our practical and fun classes you will learn how to communicate visually. You will also learn useful conversational signs, fingerspelling, Auslan structure and the importance of body language, hand movement and facial expression - all tailored to your specific family needs.

Auslan Classes

Vicdeaf will develop a curriculum and program to specifically address family orientated language needs, taking into account existing research and practice.  This program will be flexible, using a variety of delivery methods such as home visits, weekend intensives, and online resources.  Use of technology such as Skype will also enable delivery remotely.

Our upcoming classes include:

Auslan for Families Taster Classes:
Saturday 28 July, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 4 August, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 11 August, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 18 August, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Above Taster Classes are $5.00 per class, or $10 for the series.
Register for these classes by clicking enrol:


To find out more, email or call us on (03) 9473 1111

Events and Activities

Working with other organisations, we plan to coordinate a range of ongoing family events providing opportunities for interaction between families who use Auslan in the home.  We also plan to develop more of a family focus at existing deaf community events.

Vicdeaf aims to strengthen community connections for families whilst not duplicating existing services. 

Do you know any families who might be interested?
Would you like to talk about Auslan for your family?

Contact Project Lead, Victoria Tanner-Dench
Phone:  (03) 9473 1111 

Useful Links & Partner Organisations

 Aurora Early Intervention School
Aurora Early Intervention School


Deaf Children Australia

 Deaf ConnectEd

Deaf ConnectEd


Victorian College of the Deaf


National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

 Better Start
Better Start Funding